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Urgent Prayer Request and an Update

Our friend’s (Brian and Linda from the Lancaster area) son Charles was involved in a horrific motorcycle accident Wednesday.  The doctors have had to amputate his right leg below the knee and he will need some major surgery to save his arm. Please pray for Charles and the rest of family – Brian and Linda, along with their other children David, Brian Jr. and Debra.

Just 11 days till we leave for Luleå! We continue to pack (is there no end?) and get a bunch of other things done. Spent yesterday saying goodbye to great friends in New Jersey. I know it’s part of being a missionary, but I REALLY hate saying goodbye to people we love!

Our goal is to have stuff being shipped to Sweden to be totally packed today, then call for shippers to come. Other friends coming tonight to help pack stuff going into storage. Feel free to stop over tonight (or any other time) to help – we’re pretty overwhelmed right now! Thanks for being part of our lives!

Packing, packing, packing…

Packing is the story of our lives right now. I look around and wonder will we really be ready by July 12? It’s hard to believe that in 2 weeks all this will be done and we’ll be on a jet plane bound for Luleå! We’ll all be rejoicing that day!!!! If anyone feels bored at home, feel free to come and help pack!!! There are so many other odds and ends to accomplish before we leave, too. They don’t seem like much, but each one takes time. So do keep us in your prayer — for patience, wisdom, energy, perseverance, & peace! Thanks!!

We’re having special fun times too – doing some fun things as a family and spending special times with friends, sometimes face to face and other times on the phone! This week the kids will be going to an Oceanography class at our local library. They have been so bored with mommy being so occupied. They’re old enough to need something more to do but not quite old enough to help pack. I try to take an hour break each day and take them to the pool and I’m hoping this short course will help with their boredom. Just DON’T call it school!!!

Tomorrow morning or I guess it’s actually this morning; we go to church to worship our amazing God! I am so looking forward to that refreshment to help refocus on what’s really important!!! Have a blessed day as you worship Jesus too!!!!

Hey Luleå…here come the Martins!

“I will seek you in the morning, And I will learn to walk in Your ways, And step by step You’ll lead me, And I will follow you all of my days.” (from Step By Step by Rich Mullins)

God leads and we’re learning to follow. Less than three weeks after we got our visas, the next step God lead us thru was the process of getting a flat in Luleå (a very interesting process from across the Atlantic with only a layout drawing and metric dimensions).  The rental agency approved our application and mailed the lease which our pastor in Luleå graciously translated so we could sign. By June 8, the leasing process was complete.

Yesterday, we followed God thru the process of buying our flight tickets. We leave July 12 from Newark and arrive in Luleå the following day. I think the reality that we’re actually moving is finally sinking in!

God’s also taking us, step by step, into a deeper faith and trust in Him than we ever imagined. We still need to sell our house and van before we leave. Would you pray with us regarding these things? If you or anyone you know is interested in buying either, post a comment to this blog.

I recently had a discussion with someone regarding our ministry where I stated, “There’s no turning back!” We’re committed to following God wherever He leads us all of our days! Why not partner with us and help send our account “over the top?” Your tax-deductible gift should be made out to United World Mission and mailed to PO Box 602002, Charlotte, NC  28260-2002. You can also donate online at and create a user account to track your gifts. You can also set up an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) there by downloading the form.

Now…back to following.

We have them!!!!

We have our visas in our passports!!!! YEAH!!!! We had to go to Washington, DC to get them so we also spent some time sight-seeing. I don’t think the girls were very impressed though. When I was a kid, I remember just going in all the buildings. You can’t do that anymore so it wasn’t so very exciting. Oh well.

Now we are packing and our home is rather chaotic!! But we are moving forward.

More good news is that I (Gwen) had a check up with my gastro doctor and everything looks good – no sign of recurring Crohn’s or cancer. Thank you, Lord!

Visa application submitted!


Gwen did a fantastic job re-sending the application after my computer started to self-destruct.

Thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit!


Hangin’ out at Panera Bread sipping iced green tea and using their free wi-fi. I like this joint!

Just a reminder that our commissioning service is tomorrow (25 April) at 5:00 at First Baptist Church of Morrisville (50 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville, PA  19067). We’d love to have you join us as our church sends us out as missionaries to Sweden. Come be blessed and be a blessing to us!

You’re Invited!

Come join our celebration as our church sends us out to serve as missionaries in Luleå, Sweden!


First Baptist Church of Morrisville

50 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

Morrisville, PA  19067

Date:  April 25 @ 5:00 p.m. (refreshments to follow)